Pauline Gindlesperger Retires After 77 Years in the Print Industry
CHAMBERSBURG, PA—March 28, 2012—After 77 years in the print industry, Pauline Gindlesperger, 94, is retiring from e-LYNXX Corp. where she has been a key advisor and corporate officer since the firm was formed as ABC Advisors in 1975 by her son, William Gindlesperger, chairman and CEO of e-LYNXX.
Prior to forming ABC Advisors, the Gindlespergers had grown their print firm to be the largest print services supplier to the federal government. The name change to e-LYNXX from ABC Advisors occurred in 1999.
“I am really proud of my son, our company and the e-LYNXX staff,” Pauline Gindlesperger said. “We are making a difference in a way that is helping others. We help our clients become more profitable. That, in turn, keeps them in business and provides jobs. That’s really important in today’s economy.”
“My mother was supportive as I formed ABC Advisors and then e-LYNXX, and her advice has been invaluable as we have grown over the years,” said William Gindlesperger. “She has been a key advisor as the company evolved from working with printers, assisting them to win work from the U. S. Government Printing Office, to the significant services that we now offer to assist print buyers in the United States and Canada to improve their print procurement process and reduce their costs for procured print at the same time.”
His mother remembers the print industry before the benefits of e-mail, the Internet, digital photography, digital printing or even photocopying:
- Every proof had to be snail mailed, hand delivered or picked up.
- Communications was by landline phones or in person.
- Edits often required someone with a steady hand cutting out copy with an XACTO knife and then pasting down the correction.
- Photos were processed in darkrooms using chemicals.
- Faxes were sent using landline phones that required synchronization by the sender and the receiver.
- U. S. mail was the way to send and receive letters and packages.
She also recalls when the print industry embraced large rotary presses that could print millions of copies a day. The rotary press feeds a continuous stream of paper through drum-shaped cylinders and was much cheaper to operate than any of its predecessors.
Printers also were beginning to use smaller jobbing presses—more agile, less cumbersome to set-up than the rotary press. Letter presses capable of printing small-format pieces such as letterheads, business cards and envelopes also became popular. Offset printing was not yet widely used and linotypes and hand-set type were called modern.
A true revolution for the print industry occurred with the introduction of the photocopier by Xerox in 1959, Pauline Gindlesperger said. About 15 years later, in 1975, IBM came out with the first high-speed laser printer, the Model 3800, for the business market, and, she said this had a real impact on small jobs that otherwise would have come to a professional printer. The first mass-market household model photocopier was the HP LaserJet, which was released in 1984, and that too cut into work that would have been brought to a print shop.
However, Gindlesperger said photocopier and fax machine advances pale compared to what has happened since the Internet was introduced in the 1990s. “We are so use to instantaneous communications now, we think nothing of it,” she commented. “The speed with which we can send e-mails with attachments, like proofs, is mind boggling. The Internet era has hurt and helped the print industry.
“Printers are so much more efficient today because of it. However, so is everyone else and the need for printed documents is on the decline. Look at what has happened with the U. S. Post Office because it raised its prices and caused the drastic drop in direct mail pieces.”
Gindlesperger admitted that at first she was very skeptical about computers. "Now, I have to be pulled away from mine," she quickly added. "The computer is like my lifeline to the rest of the world. Our business certainly has changed because of them."
e-LYNXX Corp. patented the technology integral to e-commerce. Endorsed by Educational & Institutional Cooperative Purchasing (E&I) and Printing Industries of America (PIA), e-LYNXX drives results through its three divisions. • AVS Technology licenses the patented automated vendor selection procedure used in e-commerce and procurement systems. ● American Print Management provides web-based system, services and patented AVS Technology to reduce substantially the procured costs of direct mail, marketing, publications, packaging, labels and other procured print. ● Government Print Management offers effective U.S. GPO bid services and strategies.